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Cyberbotics Sàrl : a simulator for intelligent vehicles

Mis à jour le 30/03/2016

Cyberbotics Sàrl develops and commercializes the Webots 8 Software that allows the simulation of mobile robots. The purpose of this project is to develop a new module on Webots 8 that will allow its applications to be extended to intelligent cars.

With Webots, cars can be simulated in their environment

Cyberbotics Sàrl is developing a new version of its flagship software that will enable not only the simulation of smart cars, but also the interpretation of their environment, such as recognition of road signs and different road terrains or detection of pedestrians.

The behaviour of cars is approaching more and more to that of mobile robots; Cyberbotics a Lausanne-based company, established in 1998, can therefore adapt its program for the automotive industry.

Powerful software for a booming market

Many car companies and manufacturers are developing intelligent vehicles, therefore the Webots car simulation module appears to be a particularly useful software for their innovations.

The behaviour of smart cars must be impeccably reliable in real situations and simulation is an essential step. These new smart vehicles, will be able, for example, to drive on their own on highways, anticipate slowdowns and exchange information with other cars. Of course in the final stage, they will dispense with the drivers altogether.

The new Webots 8 module will allow the test of sensor performance and on-board electronics as well as simulation and communication tests between vehicles. It will also allow to test the reliability of their decision-making.

The module suitably adapted for the automotive industry is not yet complete, however, the Webots software already has seventeen years of experience.

An idea coming from EPFL laboratories

The technical aspects of this new module of Webots was developed in partnership with the Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory (DISAL) at EPFL, led by Professor Martinoli, to whom belongs the idea of this project. Having had a positive first experience with Alliance, Olivier Michel, director of Cyberbotics Sàrl, naturally turned to Alliance to submit a CTI project. Best of all, French automobile manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën, which has a research center at EPFL Innovation Park, showed a strong interest in this technology. PSA Peugeot Citroën joined the partnership of this project, which was started in 2013 and was completed by late 2015.

Cyberbotics Sàrl already has a large number of customers, as a result of the current version of Webots. The company, which employs four employees, hopes that this innovative module will open new domestic Swiss and international markets.

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